Palmdale’s City Demographics

City of Palmdale Demographics

The 2010 United States Census[26] reported that Palmdale had a population of 152,750. The population density was 1,438.1 people per square mile (555.3/km2). The racial makeup of Palmdale was 74,901 (49.0%) White (24.5% Non-Hispanic White),[5] 22,677 (14.8%) African American, 1,316 (0.9%) Native American, 6,548 (4.3%) Asian (2.2% Filipino, 0.4% Indian, 0.4% Korean, 0.3% Chinese, 0.3% Vietnamese, 0.2% Japanese), 335 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 38,773 (25.4%) from other races, and 8,200 (5.4%) from two or more races. There were 83,097Hispanic or Latino residents(54.4%). 38.1% of Palmdale residents are of Mexican ancestry; 6.2% Salvadoran; and 2.4% of Guatemalan heritage.

The Census reported that 152,551 people (99.9% of the population) lived in households, 158 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 41 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 42,952 households, out of which 23,345 (54.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 24,199 (56.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 7,821 (18.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 3,318 (7.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 2,998 (7.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 316 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 5,828 households (13.6%) were made up of individuals and 1,880 (4.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.55. There were 35,338 families (82.3% of all households); the average family size was 3.87.

The population was spread out with 50,514 people (33.1%) under the age of 18, 17,089 people (11.2%) aged 18 to 24, 40,077 people (26.2%) aged 25 to 44, 34,963 people (22.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 10,107 people (6.6%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29.7 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

There were 46,544 housing units at an average density of 438.2 per square mile (169.2/km2), of which 29,167 (67.9%) were owner-occupied, and 13,785 (32.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 9.4%. 102,444 people (67.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 50,107 people (32.8%) lived in rental housing units.

During 2009–2013, Palmdale had a median household income of $53,922, with 21.2% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[5]

Panoramic photo of Palmdale from the west, taken March 2000

Economy

The most important industry for Palmdale is the aerospace industry. However, in recent times, other manufacturing companies have relocated to Palmdale seeking more affordable land, proximity to Palmdale Airport, and special tax breaks.

The special tax breaks granted for companies that relocate to Palmdale is due to the city having the Antelope Valley Enterprise Zone and the Palmdale Federal Foreign Trade Zone. These are special zoning areas within the city that are given various state and federal tax breaks and municipal grant incentives to relocate their business there. These zones were put in effect to help Palmdale and nearby Lancaster draw more jobs to the area so that they would be less dependent on the Los Angeles Basin area for employment, thus relieving pollution and traffic congestion and stabilizing the local economy on several industries. The aerospace industry is known for having “feast or famine” seasons.

A completed Lockheed L-1011, this aircraft was built and underwent testing at Palmdale

Palmdale refers to itself with the nickname the “aerospace capital of the United States”, and has been the site of research, development, final assembly, flight testing and/or servicing/modifications of the Space Shuttle, B-1 Lancer, X-15, B-2 Spirit, F-117 Nighthawk, F-35 Lightning II, SR-71 Blackbird, Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, and many other aircraft that have been used in the United States Air Force, NASAand air forces and airlines around the world. USAF Plant 42, where the aforementioned aerospace projects occurred / occur is home to major operations of the following aerospace companies: Boeing, Lockheed Martin and its famed Skunk Works, and Northrop Grumman.[27]The Los Angeles World Airports owns the former Boeing hangar (formerly North American Rockwell) at Plant 42 near LA/Palmdale Regional Airport which is one of the largest buildings in the world. The hangar was used for the set of the 2004 film The Terminal, which featured an enormous replica of a JFK International Airport terminal. NASA‘s SOFIA program relocated its operation to this hangar at Site 9 from Edwards Air Force Base.

A number of world class corporations and manufacturing firms have made Palmdale home, helping to diversify the local economy. Delta Scientific, a world leader in high strength vehicle barrier systems, supplying protection for many federal, state and local buildings, and a prime supplier to the military and US State Department for embassies and other installations worldwide, and US Pole, a major manufacturer of street lighting poles, are major anchor tenants in the Fairway Business Park. The Palmdale Trade and Commerce Center is home to many other major manufacturing, industrial, corporate offices and other employers, as well as home to the Palmdale Auto Mall. A number of medical and related support offices are coming on-line to meet the needs of the new Palmdale Regional Medical Center. On July 8, 2009 Quallion LLC, which manufactures lithium ion cells and battery packs, announced plans to build a battery manufacturing plant in Palmdale if it won a government grant being offered by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Beginning in the 1960s, Palmdale was home to Don Babb‘s The Model A Ford Company, which became Classic Manufacturing and Supply, builder of exact reproduction and custom steel bodies and parts for hot rods and customs.[28]

With an $890-million contract to build 175 light-rail cars for Metropolitan Transportation Authority that was behind schedule, Kinkisharyo, the El Segundo-based U.S. arm of Kinki Sharyo Co. Ltd. of Osaka announced in December 2014 that they would retrofit an existing space in Palmdale to build the P3010 series vehicles. A major shipment is needed for the Expo Line Phase II extension to Santa Monica and Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa which are scheduled to open in 2016. The balance of the 175 cars will be needed in the following years as the Crenshaw/LAX Line and Downtown Connector open.[29] Final assembly work has already occurred in hangar space the company leased in Palmdale from Los Angeles World Airports.[30] The first car was delivered to Metro in October for testing before series production begins.[31]

The Antelope Valley Mall is the preeminent retail shopping destination in the region, with a wide variety of dining choices on its restaurant row.

Employers

Largest employers[32]

Government

Local government

Palmdale is a Charter City governed under the council / manager form of local government. The mayor is elected every two years for a two-year term. Also every two years, two of the four council members are elected to serve four-year terms. Palmdale does not have term limits for council and mayor. The current mayor, James C. Ledford, is serving his eleventh term in office. The City Council appoints the City Manager and City Attorney.

The city also has an appointed Planning Commission divided into four separate districts. The Planning Commission was organized to help with the planning, zoning, and development of various city areas in different districts and to give the residents of those particular districts a greater voice in local land use decisions. There is also an appointed Board of Library Trustees, and Youth Council.

On November 3, 2009, local residents voted in favor of a measure to change Palmdale’s general law city status to that of a Charter city. This allowed Palmdale to draft a city charter and constitution, enabling it to make more decisions at the local level without interference or rules from the state government.[33]

Municipal services

The city provides a number of municipal services, including a Planning Department, Economic Development Department, Building and Safety Department, Public Works Department, Parks and Recreation Department, and Library Department. The city also operates the Palmdale Transportation Center which serves as the hub for public transit services including Metrolink trains, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Amtrak California‘s Thruway Motorcoach and Greyhound. Palmdale was selected as a stop for the California High Speed Rail System that will link northern and southern California.[34] City officials have formed the Palmdale Airport Authority, as they pursue regional air service from a joint use facility at USAF Plant 42.

Recreation and cultural services include the Palmdale City Library,[35] Legacy Commons, Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Palmdale Playhouse and Art Gallery, Dry Town Water Park, Palmdale Amphitheater, Best of the West Softball Complex, Hammack Activity Center, Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center, Marie Kerr Park Recreation Center, Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42, and four swimming pools.

Public safety

The city is policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department under a formal contract with the County of Los Angeles and has its municipal judicial system intertwined with the Los Angeles County Superior Court.[citation needed]

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) operates the Palmdale Station in Palmdale.[36] Palmdale has the largest Sheriff’s Station in Los Angeles County. Palmdale’s innovative Partners Against Crime (PAC) Program, a cooperative effort between law enforcement, landlords and community members, has successfully focused on quality of life issues and crime suppression, reducing the crime rate annually. Recently, the Partners for a Better Palmdale program was initiated by the City Council, to further engage residents, schools, community groups and law enforcement in improving community quality of life. The city pioneered the use of municipal Community Service Officers for low level incidents to free up Deputies for higher priority matters, and employ high-tech tools, such as Automated License Plate Recognition Systems on patrol cars, to increase officer productivity.[citation needed]

Palmdale Regional Medical Center handles the city’s medical services.

The city is served by the Los Angeles County Fire Department for its fire and paramedic services through the Consolidated Fire Protection District. Palmdale downtown Station #37 is one of the busiest fire stations in the United States. Two new fire stations went into service in late 2008 on the east and west sides of Palmdale.[citation needed]

Public utilities

Utility services within the city are provided by several public and private agencies. Water service is primarily provided by Palmdale Water District (separate public agency) and Los Angeles County Waterworks (part of the County Public Works); sewer service is provided by theCounty Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (separate public agency); electrical service is provided by Southern California Edison; natural gas service is provided by Southern California Gas; cable television service is provided by Time Warner Cable; telephone service is provided by AT&T and Verizon; refuse pickup and disposal service is provided by Waste Management, Inc of the Antelope Valley under a franchise agreement with the city. The city is actively pursuing state licensing towards construction of its own hybrid natural gas and solar steam turbine power plant.[dead link]

County representation

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Antelope Valley Health Center in Lancaster, serving Palmdale.[37]

State and federal representation

In the California State Legislature, Palmdale is in the 21st Senate District, represented by Republican Sharon Runner, and in the 36th Assembly District, represented byRepublican Tom Lackey.[38]

In the United States House of Representatives, Palmdale is in California’s 25th congressional district, represented by Republican Steve Knight.[39]

Education

Kindergarten – grade 12 schools

Palmdale has three separate elementary school districts and one high school district:

  • The Palmdale School District is one of the largest elementary school districts in the nation consisting of 29 schools with about 28,000 students. This school district covers the majority of the city’s kindergarten through 8th grade students. One of the unique features of this school district was its practice of naming schools after desert flora and fauna. For instance, there are Tumbleweed, Juniper, Mesquite, Manzanita and Joshua Hills schools.
  • The Westside Union School District covers the schools on the far west-side of Palmdale and its western suburbs. This school district has over 8,250 students and 11 schools for K–8 education.
  • The Keppel Union School District covers the schools on the far east-side of Palmdale and its eastern suburbs. This school district has six schools and nearly 3,000 students for K–8 education.
  • The Antelope Valley Union High School District covers nearly all of the 9th–12th grade education for the entire metropolitan area, with the exception of private high schools. It has 12 schools with over 25,000 students.
  • The Palmdale Aerospace Academy is a joint venture between the city of Palmdale, the AERO Institute, and the Palmdale School District.[40] It is a new independent charter school which is scheduled to open in August 2012. The Academy is a project-based learning environment within a STEM-centric professional learning community.

Colleges and universities

Media

Newspapers

Online newszine

Antelope Valley New Press[44]

Radio stations

AM

  • KAVL 610 AM Sports
  • KTPI 1340 AM Adult Standards
  • KOSS 1380 AM News/Talk
  • KUTY 1470 AM Spanish Oldies

FM

  • KCRY 88.1 FM NPR (KCRW Santa Monica)
  • KTLW 88.9 FM Religious/Christian
  • KGBM 89.7 FM Religious/Christian (simulcast of Hollister KHRI 90.7)
  • K211EY 90.1 FM Religious/Christian (simulcast of Victorville KHMS 88.5)
  • K216FA 91.1 FM Religious/Christian (simulcast of Twin Falls KAWZ 89.9)
  • KWTD 91.9 FM Religious/Christian (simulcast of Bishop KWTW 88.5)
  • KQAV 93.5 FM Classic Rock
  • KFXM-LP 96.7 FM Oldies
  • KTPI-FM 97.7 FM Country
  • KKZQ 100.1 FM Modern Rock
  • KRAJ 100.9 FM Hip Hop
  • KSRY 103.1 FM Modern Rock (simulcast of Los Angeles KYSR 98.7)
  • KGBB 103.9 FM Adult Hits
  • KEPD 104.9 FM Country
  • KVVS 105.5 FM Top 40 (simulcast of Los Angeles KIIS 102.7)
  • KGMX 106.3 FM Adult Contemporary
  • KMVE 106.9 FM Regional Spanish

Internet radio

Television stations

  • TW Cable 3 Local Events / News
  • Palmdale 27 City’s cable information channel
  • KPAL-LP 38 Home Shopping / Local Events

Transportation

According to the latest U.S. Census report released in September 2009, Palmdale has the longest average commute time in the United States at 41.5 minutes. This commute time exceeds that of even New York City.[45]

Airport

The LA/Palmdale Regional Airport/Air Force Plant 42 (PMD) has two runways, each over 2.25 miles (3.62 km) in length, although there is currently no commercial airline service at the airport. PMD’s commercial terminal is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a municipal department of the City of Los Angeles, on leased land from the U.S. Air Force. Airline service has been sporadic since commercial flights were first offered in 1971. Most recently, United Express/SkyWest Airlines flew between PMD andSan Francisco from June 7, 2007, to December 6, 2008. The city of Palmdale formed the Palmdale Airport Authority to move forward to control the facilities and the lease with the USAF, to better develop regional air service in the High Desert.

LA/Palmdale Regional Airport Terminal

LAWA also owns 17,500 acres (71 km2) of land adjacent to the existing airport. The land was acquired between 1970 and 1983 to be developed into “Palmdale Intercontinental Airport”, intended to surpass the air traffic of LAX. The land remains undeveloped. LAWA is currently developing a Master Plan for Palmdale that will guide airport land use and development decisions through 2030.

The FAA‘s Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center is located adjacent to the airport.

NASA has consolidated its research, environmental and training aircraft, support services and facilities at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale. From the over-sized runway and the massive hangar located at Air Force Plant 42 Site 9, NASA conducts worldwide environmental research with its ER-2 (a U-2 variant) and cutting edge deep space imaging with the 747-based SOFIA infrared telescope.

Highways

The Antelope Valley Freeway (SR 14) is the major North-South highway connecting Palmdale to Los Angeles and Mojave.

State Route 138 (SR 138) is the major east-west highway connecting Palmdale to the Inland Empire and Frazier Park.

State Route 18 (SR 18) heads eastward out of the Antelope Valley connecting it to Victorville and via I-15 the Barstow area. This road is commonly used as a route to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Future highways

Cash-strapped Caltrans only recently began upgrades to SR 138 (nicknamed “Blood Alley” due to the high rate of accidents that occur). CalTrans has had plans on the table for several years for SR 138 and SR 18 to create an east/west freeway between Palmdale and I-15. Due to State funding constraints, this expressway will probably not be completed until near 2020 as the planning, design and construction process can take as many as 10–15 years. There has been discussion of creating the High Desert Corridor tollway in its place. There is also a long-lost plan to continue the freeway from Palmdale along the southern foothills of the Antelope Valley to I-5 in Gorman.[46]

State Route 48 (SR 48) is a planned east / west freeway connecting from the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR 14) at Avenue D, the current segment terminus for the western SR 138 branch, to Interstate 5 in Gorman. This freeway is planned to come after SR 138 has its new southern realignment through Palmdale completed, and will follow the existing SR 138 right of way.

State Route 122 (SR 122) is a planned north / south freeway from eastern Palmdale, passing east of Edwards Air Force Base to SR 58 near California City.

State Route 249 (SR 249) is a planned north / south freeway from southern Palmdale to I-210 in La Cañada Flintridge, near Pasadena.

Street system

The street system in the Antelope Valley is set out in a grid. Unless otherwise named or curved around due to terrain, east-west roads are called avenues and north-south roads are called streets. The city is essentially on a perfect grid, and the traffic signals are coordinated by a central processing facility at the Civic Center.

East-west avenues are lettered mile-by-mile from north to south, starting with Avenue A on the Los Angeles-Kern County line. One mile south of Avenue A is Avenue B, and so on. Smaller roads between major avenues carry suffixes “-1” (nearest to the lettered avenue) through “-15” (nearest to the next lettered avenue). Some “-8” avenues can be major thoroughfares, for example, Avenue R-8 is halfway between Avenue R and Avenue S.

North-south streets are numbered with an “east” or “west” suffix with respect to their distances from Division Street. The number increases by 10 for each mile, so a mile east and west of Division Street lie “10th Street East” and “10th Street West” respectively. Some streets like 5th or 15th can also be major thoroughfares.

House addresses on east-west “avenues” are numbered according to the “streets”. For example, “2001 East Palmdale Boulevard” is just east of 20th Street East, and “6066 West Avenue M-2” is just west of 60th Street West on Avenue M-2, which is 2/16 of a mile south of Avenue M.

On north-south streets, numbers are counted from Downtown Los Angeles (thus increase from south to north), and while in the Antelope Valley, the difference is 800 per mile. For example, Palmdale Boulevard (geographically “Avenue Q-8”) is 38400, Avenue Q is 38800, Avenue P is 39600, and so on. “37200 25th Street East” would be at the corner of Avenue S.

In accordance with Los Angeles County standards, odd numbers are on west and north sides of the road, and even numbers are on east and south sides of the road.

Avenue M is the general border of the connected population between Palmdale and Lancaster. Avenue L is actually the longer border between the two cities, east of Challenger Way, but is not as heavily populated. Avenue M has recently been named Columbia Way out of respect for the astronauts on board the Space Shuttle Columbia that disintegrated on re-entry in 2003. 10th Street East north of Columbia Way was renamed Challenger Way in 1987, in honor of those lost in the Challenger Disaster. (All of the shuttles were built in Palmdale.)

Public transportation

The Palmdale Transportation Center serves at the regional transit hub for the Antelope Valley.

The Palmdale Transportation Center, completed in March 2005, is the central mass transit center for the Antelope Valley. It serves as the transit hub for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority, the city’s public bus system, as well as an Amtrak, Greyhound Bus, and commuter railMetrolink station. The station is also designated a stop on the proposed California High Speed Rail System and the proposed Orangeline Maglev rail from Irvine.

Cycling

Palmdale is developing a network of bike lanes and bike paths throughout its boundaries. The backbone of the system is a new, grade separated Class A bike path on Avenue S, between 5th Street East and 25th St East, that was included as part of a $20 million highway improvement project, and a similar path on Sierra Highway, that runs from Technology Drive (Avenue P-8) north to meet with the Lancaster segment up to Avenue J. There are also bike lanes on some local streets, leading to parks and schools, as well.

Cycling in certain areas of Palmdale carries an increased risk due to higher speed limits for vehicles and also due to the presence of large vehicles.

Palmdale is also a location frequently used in staging of the Tour of California.

Sites of interest

  • Antelope Valley Mall More than a million square feet of shopping space
  • Best Of The West Softball Complex[47]
  • Dry Town Water Park on Avenue S, open each summer from May to September
  • Joshua Ranch Trail[48] a natural preservation area, temporarily closed due to a housing development under construction.
  • Palmdale Amphitheater[49] is a 10,000 seat outdoor amphitheater hosting the Starlight Concert Series with world famous performers on evenings in the summer
  • Legacy Commons[50]
  • Palmdale Civic Center[51] − (Poncitlan Square and the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center[52])
  • Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42[53] and next-door the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum’s Blackbird Airpark Annex show off displays of various aircraft built or tested at Palmdale Air Force Plant 42
  • Palmdale Playhouse and Art Gallery[54]
  • Barrel Springs Equestrian Center[55]
  • Palmdale Schoolhouse[56] at McAdam Park, the only remaining building of the original village of Palmenthal in the late 19th century
  • Rancho Vista Golf Course[57] Palmdale’s only PGA class golf course
  • Thursday Night on the Square[58] features an outside market, live entertainment, various arts and crafts, refreshments, and children’s activities on Thursday Nights in the summer

ZIP codes

The Palmdale vicinity currently has a total of ten ZIP codes:

  • 93536: Most of Quartz Hill (district and adjacent town). Shared with cities and towns of Lancaster (westside), Neenach, Del Sur, and Antelope Acres.
  • 93543: Parts of Sun Village. Shared with town of Littlerock.
  • 93550: Downtown Palmdale Civic Center, Harold, Vincent-Grade, and Barrel Springs.
  • 93551: Palmdale Central City, Anaverde, Rancho Vista, Desert-View Highlands, Portal Ridge, Leona Valley (district and adjacent town), and parts of Quartz Hill (district). Some P.O. boxes.
  • 93552: Pearland, parts of Palmdale East, and parts of Sun Village.
  • 93553: Parts of Sun Village. Shared with town of Pearblossom. Some P.O. boxes.
  • 93590: Palmdale Regional Airport, USAF Plant 42, and some of Palmdale’s P.O. boxes.
  • 93591: Lake Los Angeles (district and adjacent town), parts of Palmdale East, and some P.O. boxes.
  • 93592: Only P.O. Boxes
  • 93599: Only P.O. Boxes

Cultural references

Films

  • Them! (1954): Most of the first half of this film was shot in Palmdale, subbing in for Alamogordo, New Mexico. The rock formations and Joshua Trees give it away as not being anywhere near White Sands. The exteriors for the giant ants’ nest and the encounter with the little girl at the start of the film were filmed at the Blayney Ranch, with an impression still visible in the ground where the nest entrance pit had been dug.
  • Mac and Me (1988): Palmdale was mentioned in the film as a nearby city to the location of the alien, Mac’s, landed spacecraft. They search this area of open desert for the alien’s other family members.
  • Star Trek Generations (1994): Palmdale, although not mentioned by name in the film, was the filming location of the scenes where Captain Jean-Luc Picard and CaptainJames T. Kirk battle with Dr. Tolian Soran on the surface of Veridian III.
  • Volcano (1997): The film opens with a sign out in the middle of nowhere that says “Palmdale 15 MILES” which begins to shake due to an earthquake. The next scene in the film shows seismologists trying to determine the epicenter of the earthquake shown in the scene with the sign. They determine that Palmdale was the location of the epicenter.
  • Bubble Boy (2001): Palmdale was the hometown of the star character, Jimmy Livingston, a boy with a medical condition in which he has no immune system, who is forced by his parents to live in a plastic bubble in his bedroom to prevent him from being infected by various things of the outside world.
  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)- Palmdale was mentioned as the location of a drag strip.
  • Star Trek Nemesis (2002): Although not mentioned by name in the film, Palmdale was the filming location of all scenes on the fictional planet Kolarus III where the “away team” from the Starship Enterprise locates parts of an android that resembles Commander Data.
  • The Day after Tomorrow: During the film when tornadoes are going through Los Angeles, a news report is shown on a T.V. The reporter mentions “Palmdale and Lancaster are reporting wind speeds in excess…”
  • The Terminal (2004): This film was almost entirely filmed in Palmdale. The terminal set that resembles John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City was built in an unused hangar at Palmdale Regional Airport.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007): The climactic battle was shot in a hangar at Site 9 in Palmdale, California.
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009): The sequel to the 2007’s Transformers, scenes shot in quarries in Palmdale, California.
  • The Apparition (2012): Most of the scenes shot in the Anaverde Community and surrounding hills of Palmdale, California.

Music

  • “Palmdale” (2001): A song by rapper Afroman about his life growing up in Palmdale on the album The Good Times.
  • Crazy Rap” (1999): Another song by rapper Afroman where he mentions Palmdale in the first verse and the choruses. In the music video him and his crew also wear Palmdale football Jerseys.

Television

  • The Perry Mason show (1957–1966) occasionally made reference to Palmdale, particularly when Paul Drake was given an investigatory assignment. The implication was that Palmdale was a great distance from Los Angeles.
  • The Greatest American Hero (1981–1983): Most of Ralph Hinkley, Bill Maxwell, and Pam Davidson’s encounters with the aliens, or “little green guys”, take place in Palmdale, with the exception of the episode “Don’t Mess Around with Jim”.
  • Scrubs (2003): Dr. Cox recommends Turk goes “all the way down to Palmdale” to relieve some of his stress in reference to masturbation.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Season 2, episode 4, 2008): Cameron’s human counterpart Alison will be born in Palmdale. In the present, Cameron phones Alison’s future mother, who already lives in Palmdale, during a period of memory loss or forgotness.
  • FlashForward (2010): The main character tries to find something in a hangar.

Notable people